Suman Rao
The Lifestyle journalist|September 2019
Suman Rao
Heading towards Miss World 2019.
Confident, formidable and self-driven, Suman Rao may be exquisitely described in many ways. She has come a long way (as far as her career is concerned) and she is not afraid to embrace the new challenging world that awaits her. From struggle to success and beyond- Suman effortlessly presents a taste of the future with her newest endeavors! Here is a conversation between her and The Lifestyle Journalist - about her preparation for the international pageant, her future plans and how it has been a whirlwind year in her career! From winning the crown of fbb Colours Femina Miss India World 2019, Suman is now a self-willed woman and nothing has ever been served on a platter for her, she concurs. It has never been easy. However, she is not the one to get lost in the crowd! She is a gem in the boisterous world of modeling. She managed to make a smooth transition from being the girl next-door to a talented young girl representing her country all around the world.

How does it feel to be crowned as fbb Colors Femina Miss India world 2019? It feels incredible to be crowned as Miss India World because very few get this opportunity to represent their country at a global platform and make their country proud. I feel blessed!

What was the best thing about being a part of Miss India contest? Winning it of course! But honestly, there cannot be a better platform than Miss India for one’s personal and professional growth. I have evolved as a person, met the who’s who of the industry in this journey and it’s truly enlightening.

How did you prepare for the pageant? I spent about two years completely dedicated to groom myself. I took up modeling; I needed the exposure to work on my confidence. I also participated in a local pageant to get an idea but trust me the real deal was of a different league. I wonder sometimes, is this for real!

What was your childhood like? I grew up with two brothers so you can imagine (One older and one younger)! We share a great bond together. I think I am privileged to have had such great companionship. I am not going to deny that I haven’t taken complete advantage of being the only daughter/sister in the house.

You were pursuing chartered accountancy. What made you turn to this industry? I wouldn’t say that going for Miss India was a childhood dream; it was more of a revelation to me. I got intrigued after Manushi Chillar won, so I researched well and found an inclination towards it since I hadn’t explored it. I knew I had the potential but I had to work on myself. I haven’t left chartered accountancy by the way. I have to complete that as well.


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September 2019